Nineteen schools from across Pickering recently came together to support an anti-bullying program at Pineridge Secondary School.
A committee of student leaders developed the initiative, aimed at honouring the equity and worth of all people. The goal was to inspire students, parents, staff and community members to support and accept each other by learning, working and living together.
Launched in November 2011 and supported by the DRPS, the "I am who I am" campaign was dedicated to the late Mitchell Wilson. Bracelets and T-shirts were sold with a goal to raise $10,000 for a motorized wheelchair for a student in Mitchell’s honour and memory. The green bracelets represented muscular dystrophy awareness and posters included the colour yellow for cancer awareness.
On March 2, 2012 a cheque for $19,341.48 was presented to Marla Spiegel the National Director of Research, Programs and Services at Muscular Dystrophy Canada. The organizers were pleased to exceed their initial goal and money raised will go toward helping seven families who have a child with muscular dystrophy.
Mitchell’s father Craig was there with his family and also presented a plaque to Muscular Dystrophy Canada in his son’s honour.
Several members of DRPS were in attendance including West Division Inspector Jamie Grant, DRPA President Mike Glennie and Constables David Jaciuk and Ryan Edgar. Other dignitaries including Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan, both local federal MPs Chris Alexander and Corneliu Chisu and provincial MPPs Joe Dickson and Tracy MacCharles also attended in support of the initiative.
The Pickering area students involved in the program were acknowledged for making a difference and Cst. Jaciuk thanked them all for standing tall and supporting a cause they believe in.
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Members of the Campaign and Cst. David Jaciuk Present the Cheque (JPG file, 74.8K bytes)